Ben Simmons has yet to qualify for the Brooklyn Nets, but many are excited to see what might be. The all-star guard thinks he fits into the team well, citing similarities to his former team.
Simmons had an excellent run with the Philadelphia 76ers, and many thought his partnership with Joel Embiid would result in a championship. However, the Aussie blew an easy chance late in the 2021 Eastern Conference semifinals in Game 7 and lost all fan favor.
No longer feeling welcome in Philly, Simmons decided to force his way out by refusing to play. He got his wish on the day of the trade deadline and was part of a package the Sixers had traded for James Harden.
Although Simmons has been with the Nets since February, he has yet to play a game for Brooklyn. However, he believes his playing style will perfectly suit the players on the team.
On “The Old Man and the Three” with JJ Reddick, Simmons was asked about his role and how he would fit into the team. He answered:
“The talent we have and the kind of players we have, we’re going to be able to run the ground easily. We have Clax (Nik Claxton) who can run, he moves incredibly well; Kev (Durant); Patty (Mills); Kai (Irving); Joe (Harris); just got Royce (O’Neale), another great 3 and D guy.
“I’m missing people, but yeah, I think this team is just a great fit for what I’m doing and what I’m bringing to the game at the moment. I have a feeling it’s Philly on steroids.”
In Simmons, the Sixers had a team capable of fighting for the title. Unfortunately for their fans, they never made it past the semi-finals of the conference.
Can the Brooklyn Nets fight for the 2023 title despite a tumultuous offseason?
The Nets had an eventful offseason that was filled with multiple trade rumors. They came close to losing their star players but eventually resolved their differences.
Kevin Durant requested a trade before free agency began. A month later, he asked owner Joe Tsai to fire his CEO and head coach.
Although KD has withdrawn its request and decided to stay, many are wondering how they will all work together. There could be tensions that could affect the chemistry.
All drama aside, the Nets have one of the strongest teams. They have elite scorers, and the addition of Simmons and Royce O’Neale will bolster their defense.
https://www.sportskeeda.com/basketball/news-i-feel-like-it-s-philly-steroids-kind-of-ben-simmons-considers-brooklyn-nets-perfect-fit-capabilities-says-nets-similar-former-team-talented-skilled?utm_source=feed&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=sportskeeda “I feel like it’s Philly on steroids kind of”- Ben Simmons considers Brooklyn Nets a perfect fit for his capabilities, says Nets are similar to his former team but more talented and skilled